Tobias Picker, called “our finest composer for the lyric stage” by The Wall Street Journal, is a prolific composer in all genres. He has composed six operas, commissioned by Dallas Opera, LA Opera, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Opera Theatre St. Louis. Picker has also composed numerous symphonic works including three symphonies, concertos for violin, viola, cello, oboe, four piano concertos, and a ballet. His numerous awards and honors include lifetime membership in the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters. Picker is the Artistic Director of Tulsa Opera. His music is published by Schott.
Tobias Picker has been commissioned to write operas for the Santa Fe Opera (Emmeline), LA Opera (Fantastic Mr. Fox), Dallas Opera (Thérèse Raquin), San Francisco Opera (Dolores Claiborne), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Awakenings) and Metropolitan Opera (An American Tragedy). He has also composed numerous works in other genres, including three symphonies, concertos for violin, viola, cello and oboe, four piano concertos and chamber music. His orchestral works have been commissioned and performed by the BBC Proms, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Munich
Philharmonic, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony, and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, among others. His many honors include the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording (Fantastic Mr. Fox). Picker is a lifetime member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is artistic director of the Tulsa Opera, a post he has held since 2016. His works are published exclusively by Schott Music. He is married to Aryeh Lev Stollman, novelist, neuroradiologist, and librettist for his forthcoming operas Awakenings and The Danish Girl.